Canal de l’Ourcq

Canal de l’Ourcq is popular with visitors and locals alike. This Paris waterway has a rich  history in a varied environmental setting.

"The first efforts towards engineering the waterway were inspired by the need for firewood for heating in Paris. The Valois and Orléans families owned a large tract of forest, and in 1560 a plan was devised to carry wood via a system of simple locks. In 1661, Louis XIV allowed tolls to be collected along the Ourcq River, payable to Philippe d'Orléans." Source: Wikipedia

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